Chris Cooley opens Leesburg art gallery to fanfare
Washington Redskins tight end Chris Cooley has a new title: Professional potter.
Fans flooded the sidewalk in front of the football player’s art gallery, The Cooley Gallery, at its Dec. 3 opening in Leesburg.
“Art’s been something that’s always meant a lot to me,” Cooley said.
Cooley’s best known for catching the pigskin on the football field. But, before becoming a professional football player, he studied art at Utah State University. He was drafted into the National Football League in 2004 and has been elected to the Pro Bowl twice—in 2008 and 2009. Now, he’s returned to his creative roots – using his hands to mold clay into shapes from vases to serving bowls.